The Pixies made a brand new song, “Bagboy,” available today on their official website. The news comes two weeks after the band announced the official departure of bassist Kim Deal.
This is the first new music they’ve released since their (very good) 2004 single “Bam Thwok.” That song accompanied the group’s reunion that year after an acrimonious split in 1993. They were one of the first major Gen X “alternative rock”/”college rock” groups to do such a reunion tour and many more have followed suit since then.
Since 2004 The Pixies have toured on and off but haven’t recorded any new albums. In 2009 they embarked on a massive multi-year tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of their album Doolittle, performing the album in its entirety on most dates, jump starting the playing albums in their entirety at concert trend as they had the 80s/90s alternative band reunion tour trend before. There have been rumors for the last couple years that they’re finally working on recording a new album together.
Whatever they do it seems it will be without Deal, whose bass playing and vocals were such an integral part of their sound. The new song features someone else on bass who also supplies some vocals which might be described as her basically doing a Kim Deal impression. According to a statement from Black Francis, “The lyrics, coincidentally, were composed at a Starbucks Coffee in Harvard Square in Cambridge, about a hundred feet from where, 25 years ago, I composed some of the lyrics to an old Pixies song called ‘Break My Body.”
Like “Bam Thwok” the song is good if not at the level of the work the band did in their heyday. See the song and the oddly disturbing (is there any other kind these days?) music video below: